We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“A Great way to see Dunedin and Otago”

Back to Nature Tours
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour
More Info
and up
Dunedin Shore Excursion: Dunedin and Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour with...
More Info
and up
Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day Trip from Dunedin
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Back to Nature Tours conducts nature based tours of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula, Catlins and Stewart Island. Join us on one of our world famous cruise ship excursions that include Dunedin's best tour attractions, scenery and wildlife. We also organize private tours for individuals or groups that are tailor made to make your experience in Dunedin one you will never forget. We are a Qualmark Endorsed New Zealand owned business - Qualmark is New Zealand tourism's official quality assurance organisation, providing a trusted guide to quality travel experiences. We are Department of Conservation Permit holders and have a Marine Mammal permit - allowing us to guide visitors legally in some of New Zealand’s most remote and beautiful locations.
Reviewed 16 February 2014

My wife and myself had a great day with Daniel from Back to Nature Tours.We were picked up from the cruise ship and taken to the lookout to get some great photos of Dunedin.Then off to Baldwin street for a climb to the top then into town to see the sights.then out to the Otago peninsular to Lanarch castle.The penguin colony was a halite with both blue and yellow eyed penguins in their nesting boxes.The seals on the beach and rocks were a real treat.Daniel's knowledge of the Animals and the area was brilliant.The pace was relaxed and we had plenty of time at all of the places we stopped.Overall I would rate this as our most enjoyable tour we did while in New Zealand. Well Done Back to Nature
Ross & Julie

Thank joey40
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
Reviews (113)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

71 - 75 of 117 reviews

Reviewed 9 January 2014

We were picked up at our ship early in the morning and off we went to visit the town of Dunedin, the coastal areas around the town, including some of the most spectacular scenery we have seen in any country in the world. The visit to the penguin colony was more memorable for the cove than for the 4 penguins we did view, but they were cute, nonetheless. (I think we had been spoiled after our visit to S. America and the thousands at 2 colonies there!) Our guide was amazing and provided us with a running commentary of the history and geography of the area. We love smaller tours, and this one did not disappoint. I heartily recommend Back to Nature if you are ever in New Zealand.

2  Thank RetiredWorldTraveler
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 7 January 2014

Right ON, a Great trip with a incredible driver, who was a naturalist he knew so much about the flora and fauna it was amazing...I learned alot that day and think I would love to book another trip with this company and with Chris the most interesting to listen to on a Otago Peninsula excursion.

Great Job! And thanks again for a wonderful afternoon drive.

Thank Victor P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 5 January 2014

I visited Dunedin while on the Celebrity Solstice and my group was met by owner Chris. He was a great guide and we were able to see all of the highlights of beautiful Dunedin. His knowledge and pride of the area were evident. One of the highlights was visiting the magnificent coastal area where the yellow-eyed penguin sanctuary is. I have no doubt we saw much more than any other ship-offered excursion. Definitely would recommend!

2  Thank TravelingPharm
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 28 December 2013

Despite a delayed start due to confusion caused by two cruise ships in Port at the same time, our guide Chris conducted this tour with professionalism, enthusiasm and a caring attitude towards some disabled and injured people on the tour. We enjoyed a detailed scenic journey highlighting the city's vantage points and travelled to the bays and beaches that surround Dunedin. We take with us happy memories! Thank you Chris.

Thank Janice J
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Back to Nature Tours also viewed

Dunedin, Otago Region
Dunedin, Otago Region

Been to Back to Nature Tours? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing